17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + bus:  22​h
1
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ngilgi Cave. Step out of the city life by going to Canal Rocks and Mammoth Cave. Step out of Margaret River to go to Augusta and see Jewel Cave, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, kick back and relax at Surfers Point, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll through Cowaramup Bay.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Margaret River travel itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Margaret River is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Margaret River is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Yallingup, Jewel Cave, Surfers Point, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 12th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Talapi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs attractions website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Alice Springs to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then get great views at Earl Hill, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Earl Hill ©
Earl Hill

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, and finally view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography.

Start your trip to Airlie Beach by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Mowbray National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Photography Tours
Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Berry Springs Nature Park and Wave Lagoon. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, take in the exciting artwork at Provenance Arts, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Book Shop Darwin.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Darwin online travel planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Darwin by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park
Speed Boats Tours

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